Songbird (Eva Cassidy album)

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Songbird
Eva Cassidy - Songbird.jpg
Compilation album by Eva Cassidy
ReleasedMay 19, 1998
Length42:51
LabelBlix Street
ProducerEva Cassidy,
Chris Biondo
Eva Cassidy chronology
Eva by Heart
(1997)
Songbird
(1998)
Time After Time
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[2]

Songbird is a compilation album of songs by American singer Eva Cassidy, released in 1998, two years after her death in 1996.

Five tracks ("Wade in the Water", "Wayfaring Stranger", "Songbird", "Time is a Healer" and "I Know You by Heart") are from Cassidy's album, Eva by Heart. Four tracks ("Fields Of Gold", "Autumn Leaves", "People Get Ready" and "Oh Had I a Golden Thread") are from her album, Live at Blues Alley. The remaining track, "Over the Rainbow", is from the album The Other Side. The compilation album was certified Gold by the CRIA (50,000 units) in 2003.[3] It was certified Gold by the RIAA in 2001 and Platinum in 2008 for shipments in excess of one million copies.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

The album was originally released in 1998, two years after Cassidy's death. At this point, she was virtually unknown in the United Kingdom and Songbird only charted in the nether-regions of the UK Albums Chart. Two years later, however, Cassidy's music was brought to the attention of British audiences when her versions of "Fields of Gold" and "Over the Rainbow" were played by Mike Harding and Terry Wogan on BBC Radio 2. Following the overwhelming response, a camcorder recording of "Over the Rainbow", taken at Blues Alley in Washington by her friend Bryan McCulley, was shown on BBC Two's Top of the Pops 2. Shortly afterwards, Songbird climbed to the top of the UK Albums Chart. It ended up being the eighth biggest-selling album of 2001 and has been certified 6× Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

Track listing[edit]

# Title Written by Length
1. "Fields of Gold" Sting 4:42
2. "Wade in the Water" Traditional 4:02
3. "Autumn Leaves" Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prévert 4:41
4. "Wayfaring Stranger" Traditional 4:26
5. "Songbird" Christine McVie 3:43
6. "Time Is a Healer" Diane Scanlon, Greg Smith 4:16
7. "I Know You By Heart" Eve Nelson, Scanlon 3:59
8. "People Get Ready" Curtis Mayfield 3:16
9. "Oh, Had I a Golden Thread" Pete Seeger 4:49
10. "Over the Rainbow" Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg 4:57

The tracks from Live at Blues Alley sound like studio cuts because Cassidy's stage patter and the audience applause have been removed.

Personnel[edit]

  • Eva Cassidy – guitar, keyboards, vocals, producer, arranger
  • Chris Biondo – bass, rhythm guitar, producer, drum programming
  • Dan Cassidy* – violin
  • Hilton Felton – organ
  • John Gillespie – organ
  • Keith Grimes – lead electric guitar
  • Raice McLeod – drums
  • Larry Melton – upright bass
  • Mike Stein – violin
  • Chris Walker – trumpet
  • Lenny Williams – piano
  • Kent Wood – organ, producer

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification – September 2003". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
  5. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Eva Cassidy – Songbird". Hung Medien.
  6. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Eva Cassidy – Songbird". Hung Medien.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Eva Cassidy – Songbird" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  8. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Eva Cassidy – Songbird". Hung Medien.
  9. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Eva Cassidy – Songbird". Hung Medien.
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  11. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Eva Cassidy – Songbird". Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "Eva Cassidy Chart History (Top Catalog Albums)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "End of Year Album Chart Top 100 - 2001". Official Charts Company. 31 December 2001. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  15. ^ "The Noughties' Official UK Albums Chart Top 100". Music Week. London, England: United Business Media: 19. 30 January 2010.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Eva Cassidy – Songbird". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Songbird in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.